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Simon Harris

 
By Simon Harris
Published on February 7, 2009
 
Here are some of the most alluring baseball facts for you that are related with the baseball hand signals. How do you actually know as to how these baseball hand signals came into existence? It was this baseball player called William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy.

Here are some of the most alluring baseball facts for you that are related with the baseball hand signals. How do you actually know as to how these baseball hand signals came into existence? It was this baseball player called William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy. The fact is that he was a deaf player somewhere in the era of 1800s. And above all, he was a professional player. And being a deaf player, it was obvious that he was not able to hear the calls for balls and strikes. But you must be wondering as to how he became a professional player in this field?

The fact is that he convinced the empires and arranged with them for them to have signals. That way he knew the count. And in today's world it has almost become impossible to think the game without these signals. Isn't it? Now you have all kinds of coaches that are out there giving signals to the players. And not to forget the umpires who are also there to give the signals. Baseball players are watching everything.

Here are some of the signals:
  1. is fastball
  2. Curveball
  3. is for slider
  4. is change up
but the fact is that it all depends on the pitcher as well as the catcher pitcher as to how they want to communicate. For example, when a runner is on 2nd the batteries ( that is the pitcher as well as the catcher) often have a series of signs where the catcher flashes certain numbers in a certain order. As far as these signs are concerned, they have different kinds of meanings attached with them. One sign may mean location the other means which pitch. One finger is fastball, two is curve/offspeed pitch, three is changeup. As far as the majority of cases are concerned, a catcher will put down:
  1. for Fastball
  2. while wiggling finger is 2-seam fastball
  3. is for Curveball
  4. is ChangeUP
  5. is Slider
Also, there is one more signal: if the catcher puts down a fist, usually it means to throw to first. Here are some more examples:
  1. Key or indicator Touching the face with the right hand
  2. Sacrifice/bunt Right hand to baseball cap
  3. Steal Right hand to ear
  4. Take a pitch Right hand to left arm
  5. Hit and Run Right hand to chest
  6. Swing Away Left hand to right arm